When Josie is having a hard time finding an audience for her solo music, a charity show presents the opportunity to start a band. Along with her roommate and one of the charity workers, Josie is able to find the sound she always wanted. After playing at the charity show, the girls are approached by a man who works in the music business. He asks the group two questions: if they want to be famous and what the name of their group is. Thus, Josie and the Pussycats is born!
Writers Bennett and Deordio do an awful lot of characterization in this issue, and it works to the story’s benefit. Josie is typically a loner, but has friends. She’s trying to get her music career started, but it’s not going so well.
Pepper, Josie’s friend from the bar she sings at, is a kind-hearted, generous woman who will do almost anything to defend Josie’s honor.
Alexandra, Josie’s ex-BFF, is a clever, rude, conniving little petty mess who is always trying to take Josie down with rumors and insults.
Melody, Josie’s roommate, is an independent woman with her priorities a little mixed up, until she comes across a stray cat and decides that the band and helping animals is better than hooking up with random guys.
Valerie, who works at the animal shelter, is a fairly laid back character, who has personal convictions but doesn’t use them until she feels threatened. She has a beautiful voice, and is just learning how to use it.
Each of these characters brings something different to the story. Put together, though, their interaction is enough to push the story forward at a steady pace. Having such different characters also does a lot to keep our attention. A lot of humor is brought to these characters, like when Melody sees the shelter and all the animals in it—she runs around the room so fast that she is actually shown seven different times in the same panel. It’s a great way to show her enthusiasm and newfound love for animals.
Bennett and Deordio’s script is entertaining and interesting from beginning to end. We are left with a huge cliffhanger that holds Josie and the Pussycat’s future in front of us. Will the band really take off after just one charity gig? If so, how will the girls handle it? How will their lives be affected by such a big change?
Audrey Mok’s illustrations perfectly show the girls in their youth and energetic personalities. With such a cartoonish art style, Mok is able to include a lot of emotion and actions/reactions. We even get a cameo from Jughead and his pup, Hot Dog. This is a friendly reminder that we are in the Archie universe, or, Riverdale. The characters are always on the move and, luckily, Mok makes it possible for us to see each and every movement from panel to panel.
There is an old Josie and the Pussycats story in the back of the issue to help remind us exactly where this story is coming from. For fans of the classic series, you’re going to love this issue as it begins a new chapter for Josie and the Pussycats. For new fans, this is a great read if you want a lighthearted story with some pretty intense themes. This issue comes out TODAY, so head over to your local comic book shop and give it a read!
Written by: Marguerite Bennett & Cameron Deordio
Illustrated by: Audrey Mok